Form of education:Full-time Languages: english Duration:2 years
Deadline: Mar 15, 2021
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The MSCE programme offers two core modules on communications systems and communications electronics. The communications systems section concentrates more on the system aspects of communications technology. The communications electronics section is focused on IC design and the aspects of hardware implementation.

The first semester, starting mid-October, is dedicated to the core modules with courses on information theory and source coding, digital IC design, broadband communication networks, adaptive and array signal processing (DSP), and electives. Additionally, a communications lab, communication networks lab or HDL design lab can be chosen.

The second and third semester are composed of a mixture of elective and interdisciplinary courses. The courses related to communications systems include courses on channel coding, optical communications, cryptography and system security, real-time systems, image and video compression, multimedia communications, pattern recognition, radio navigation and location, simulation of communication networks and resource management in wireless networks, and space-time processing in MIMO systems. The communications electronics branch offers courses on electronic design automation, analogue/mixed signal IC design, IC manufacturing, testing of digital ICs, hardware/software co-design, nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, physical electronics, devices simulation, advanced MOSFET, and novel devices. The courses for both sections are accompanied by a broad range of complementary labs and seminars.

A research internship of nine weeks at a German company or at a university is intended during the semester break between the second and third semester. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis during the fourth semester and the graduation ceremony.

Educational organisation

The MSCE programme is a two-year programme divided into four semesters, including three course semesters, a nine-week research internship and a six-month Master's thesis. MSCE offers two core modules on communications systems and communications electronics.

Study abroad unit(s)

The MSCE programme does not foresee any study abroad units. During the summer semester, we invite renowned and highly reputed international guest professors to hold advanced courses in their respective fields of research: John G Proakis, (Northeastern Univ.), Stephen B Wicker, (Cornell Univ.), Ruey-Wen Liu (Univ. Notre Dame), Rozenblit Jerzy (Univ. of Arizona), Daniel J Costello (Univ. Notre Dame), Thomas Kailath (Stanford Univ.), Patrick Dewilde (TU-Delft), Ezio Biglieri (Politecnico di Torino), Alex Gershman (McMaster Univ.), Raymond Yeung Wai-Ho (Chinese Univ. Hong Kong), Max Costa (Univ. Campinas), Wayne D Grover (Univ. Alberta), Paolo Ienne (EPFL Lausanne), Michael Honig (Northwestern Univ.), Yih-Fang Huang (Univ. Notre Dame), David M Binkley (Univ. North Carolina), Anthony Ephremides (Univ. Maryland), Subhasis Chaudhuri (IIT Bombay), Radu Marculescu (Carnegie Mellon Univ.), Pierre Moulin & Andrew C Singer (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Muriel Médard & Dina Katabi (MIT), Ralf R Müller (Norwegian Univ. of Science & Technology), Günham Dündar (Bogazici Univ.), Chang Wen Chen (Univ. at Buffalo), Lee Swindlehurst (UC Irvine) and Preeti Ranjan Panda (IIT Delhi).


The MSCE programme foresees a nine-week research internship during the semester break between the second and third semester. The Technische Universität München offers you not only advanced and up-to-date training but also its long tradition of scientific partnerships and cooperation with industry. Most of our teaching staff have years of experience working in high-tech companies. Their valuable industrial experience and connections are a further asset, in addition to their excellent international reputation in their respective fields of research.

Forms of assessment

In general, the exams for each course take place at the end of the semester and at the beginning of the subsequent semester break, leaving enough room for an internship or language course during the semester break. In addition, many of the courses offer mid-term exams and project work for additional credit to help you evaluate your progress.

Course objectives

The Master of Science in Communications Engineering (MSCE) programme at the Technische Universität München (TUM) provides you with a solid background in the theory and the fundamental concepts of communications engineering. It gives you insights into current trends and developments, and ample opportunities for practical experience. The international graduate programme was established in 1998. It is considered one of the most successful of its kind in Germany. Upon completion of the MSCE programme, students are awarded an MSc in Communications Engineering, opening up the possibility of further work towards a Dr-Ing or PhD.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of a good command of the English language:
TOEFL 88/605 (internet-/paper-based test), IELTS 6.5, CAE or CPE Level A, B, C.

Academic requirements

Bachelor's or equivalent degree in electrical or electronics engineering, information technology, computer science or a closely related field
Outstanding performance during undergraduate studies

Enrolment fees

Approx. 115 EUR per semester, the fee includes a basic semester ticket covering public transport in Munich.

Costs of living

The cost of living in Munich is high. Students need approx. 830 EUR per month including accommodation. We cannot support our students with their accommodation and living costs. Additional grants and scholarships covering part of living or travel expenses may be obtainable from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and similar organisations.

Job opportunities

In addition to the paid nine-week research internship, students are allowed to work part-time for a company or one of the institutes. There is ample opportunity to help finance your living expenses and tuition fees.

Funding opportunities within the university

Selected students are awarded study grants for foreign students by the TUM. Scholarship amount: one-time financial aid of 500 EUR to 1,500 EUR per semester

Arrival support

The MSCE student association offers arrival support including airport pick-up, orientation help, help with the registration process, organisation of insurance, residence permit, etc.
TUM's International Center offers a special programme tailored for international students, TUMinternational (TUMi). The TUMi programme provides help and advice for new students as well as a cultural programme with events scheduled both prior to and during the academic periods.
The service desk of the Student Service Center is the first contact point for international students. We are here to help you with issues such as applications, enrolment, student cards etc. Furthermore, we offer various three- to six-week summer schools combining academics with a rich menu of educational and social activities as a foretaste of university life. For international students who have been admitted to a degree programme, the Student Service Center offers a four-week pre-study course designed to help you get started at the TUM. Students new to TUM are invited to the service fair "Fit for TUM" which takes place before the semester officially starts, to get an overview of the various offerings of support services at TUM.

Services and support for international students

The MSCE student association and TUMinternational - a group of committed German and international students - offer many cultural and social events, such as excursions, visits to museums, movie theatres, hikes, sports events and parties.
Learning German: While the language of instruction for many of TUM's postgraduate programmes is English, learning German and thus being able to participate in daily German life at a deeper level enriches the experience of studying and living in Munich. As such, TUM's Language Centre offers language classes for students at all levels, both prior to and during the semester:


It is not easy to find a place to live in Munich - but it is not impossible either! TUM supports students and employees in their search for accommodation, providing personal advice, in-house listings and useful information to ensure that you can quickly find a place to call your own:
With high rents and not enough rooms in halls of residence, the Munich rental market is one of the most competitive in Germany - especially for students. The city boasts over 1.4 million inhabitants, with more people moving to Munich every year - many of them attracted by the excellent study opportunities that Munich has to offer.
Student halls of residence usually offer affordable accommodation for students. The Munich Student Union runs most of these halls of residence - more information at
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